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The Palm Beach Post Complete Stock Market Pases 21-25-26 SERVING THE HUB OF FLORIDA'S FABULOUS GROWTH AREA VOL. LX. NO. 207 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 27, 1968 36 PAGES-:-PRICE TEN CENTS Explosion Retards Rescuers Saigon Consents Symbolic Figure Takes Final Plunge rm THUMBNAIL EDITORIAL An old timer is one who can remember New York without J majorstrike. Iks o Join In Ta I is x I that North Vietnam and the National Liberation Front form separat' and distinct delegations. President Johnson's statement said: "Along with the other fighting allies in Vietnam, we welcome the announcement of the Government of the Republic J Vietnam that it will be shortly sending a delegation to Paris to join in the search for peace. "This step opens a new and hopeful phase in the negotiations; but. as I have said before, we must expect both hard bargaining and hard fighting in the days ahead." surances that Saigon would be the main spokesman on all matters of principal concern to the Vietnam apparently met Thieu's request. The U.S. statement said it made clear that in the discussions between the United States and North Vietnamese negotiators "we will regard and treat all persons on the other side of the table whatever they might claim for themselves as members of a single side, that of Hanoi, and for practical purposes as a single delegation." This is expected to bring an outburst from Hanoi, where it has been claimed n i f X A r y '.y MANNLNGTON, W. Va. (AP) - The big coal mine where 78 men have been trapped for nearly seven days throbbed with another explosion Tuesday, soon after a mine official said the search would continue, no matter how remote the possibility of rescue. The blast belched smoke from one of the portals of Mountaineer Coal Co. No. 9 and was another setback in efforts to reach the entombed men. There has been no contact with any of the 78 since the first explosion ripped through the mine and set off intense fire deep within it last Wednesday. The 99 men of the midnight shift were about to finish work when the mine shuddered from the concussion. Twenty-one men escaped or were rescued. The latest blast 14th to wrack the mine which sprawls over eight miles came just after Consolidation Coal Co. President John Corcoran told a news conference: "No matter how remote the possibility, we won't close any avenue of escape. We won't cut the rope." He said the mine would not be sealed "until a reason for keeping it open does not exist." Sealing the mine would shut off air flow through its portals and would extinguish the fire. But it also would cut off any air supply to the trapped men. In Washington, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Mines said any decision to seal the mine would be made jointly by federal and state inspectors, the company and the union. Robert Swenarton, information officer for the Bureau of Mines, said there "has been no decision to seal the mine." It would be done, he said, "only if everything else fails." At the Charleston headquarters of the West Virginia Department of Mines, state mining engineer Lee Morris said State Mines Director Elmer Workman had the final decision to close the mine. Morris confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Mines, the company and the union would be involved in such a decision. Robert Swenarton, information officer for the bureau of Mines, said the bureau issued orders the day the fire broke out to close the mine. He said because of the fire and explosion, orders were that only qualified mine firefighters and rescue teams would be permitted inside. Two search units entered the mine Sunday, night, found evidences of the concussion, but no trace of the men. He said it would be "too dangerous" to send in additional teams. Corcoran said officials were now "quite certain that any fresh air in either the Mahan shaft or Atha's portal is not getting to the areas where the men might be. Officers Quiz Boynton Man In Bride Murder Law enforcement officers from Charlotte. N C. who were in the area to question a Boynton Beach man whom they believed might be a material witness in the case of the Dec. 6. 1967 murder of a woman shot to death near Charlotte, were to return home today, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department spokesman said Tuesday night. WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and Saigon announced Tuesday night that South Vietnam has agreed to join in the Paris peace talks with North Vietnam and the National Liberation Front. The agreement, announced simultaneously in Washington and Saigon, was welcomed by President Johnson as opening a new hopeful phase of the negotiations. But the President cautioned again that hard bargaining and fighting still lie ahead. His statement was issued shortly after he arrived at his Texas ranch for the Thanksgiving holiday. ' The Saigon regime, which has balked at sitting down at the conference table with the Viet Cong's political arm, the National Liberation Front, will be "the main spokesman on all matters of principal concern to South Vietnam" the U.S. statement said. There was no indication of how soon the South Vietnamese delegation will reach Paris, but a U.S. official predicted that the talks can be started before Jan. 1. As made public here, the Saigon statement said that South Vietnam is prepared to participate in the new talks in Paris with the Hanoi delegation to show "the good will of the Republic of Vietnam and to test the good faith of Hanoi." While giving Saigon the leading voice on South Vietnam's internal matters, the agreement reserves to the United States the dominant role in discussions affecting the U.S. military forces and the withdrawal of troops, both allied and North Vietnamese. The U.S,. statement., which accompanied Saigon's pledge to end its boycott of the Paris negotiations laid down a series of U.S. government assurances which had been negotiated by Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, the American representative at Paris. The assurances included: A pledge that the United States will not recognize any form of government not freely chosen through democratic and legal process by the South Vietnam people. It said that the imposition of any coalition regime would conflict with this principle. A pledge that in the talks with the North Vietnamese, the presence of the NLF, would not be recognized. A pledge to operate in the closest cooperation with South Vietnam in the new round of meetings and to consult with allied nations contributing military forces. The United States has not and will not agree to any four-sided conference, the statement said. It specified that the meeting will have only two sides. But it added that there would be separate U.S. and South Vietnamese delegations on the allied side. The U.S. statement reaffirmed that there cannot be productive peace talks in Paris in an atmosphere where the "cities are being shelled and the DMZ is being abused." This was part of the understanding which led to the stopping of the bombing of North Vietnam and the convening of the new Paris meeting, it said. The South Vietnam statement said that its sovereignty has been respected in the two-side formula which it had CHARGES U.S. ATTACK - At a news conference In Paris Tuesday, North Vietnamese spokesman Nguyen Thanh Le charges that U.S. warplanes attacked North Vietnam- x t- V-j . . -v V ' Wilson Charges Bonn Created Crisis Row J ""') -I T 1 ' - jat:: V, Staff Phntot HyPaulPrlrf his work to the 1969 senior class, was present to see his work destroy itself in the plunge. He said that he had devoted 18 months to producing the figure, symbolic of Y. A. Tittle, former star of the New York Giants. Seiler estimated that his work of art had weighed six or seven tons. However, workmen who had donated the use of the crane said that the cable had a test of more than 10 tons. J t V,' ten - i. ' .... V .Pfi END OF A DREAM - A huge concrete and steel sculpture of a football player was to have been the Class of '69 -present to Sea-crest High School, Delray Beach. Late Tuesday, a cable snapped as the huge piece of work was being readied for placement on the northwest side of the Seahawks' football field. As workmen and spectators fled, the monster work of Miami sculptor Don Seiler plunged to the ground and was ruined. Seiler, who had donated AX.. . J I) 1 k 7 . f . . .11' v 1 fr1 lit.--: L'Pl Tl'lcphnlo ese territory with bombs and rockets Monday in violation of President Johnson's bombing halt. He also demanded the Paris talks start immediately without Saigon. able sacrifice'' for the West German economy, he said. "I don't want to argue with those abroad who call us sellish or even arrogant. We made our decision conscious nl' safeguarding our own interests as well as our joint responsibility." he said Kiesinger said his government chose the tax measures instead ol a mark revaluation because they are more llexi hie in case of "unpredictable but possible measures by other countries and changes in the world economic pictures." Incrc.'iini' tlx- vilm. nf llm nrnt would have placed a heavy strain on West Germany's budget and would have w recked its medium term economic plan, the chancellor said "No one can overlook that we are making considerable sac nt ices for our economy." He said there was no reason to criticize West Germany because "we are an economically healthy country " "Our people work efficiently, we have a rational economic policy, we have a great measure of social justice and we have been spared from social upheavals." Japan's Sato Itc-Klwlcd TOKYO iAPi - Kisaku Sato was reelected Wednesday to his third term as prime minister of Japan after beating back the strongest organized challenge yet to his leadership in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party - LDP I'arlly Cloudy I'artK cloudy and mild I lirouyh Thursday. Southeasterly winds ft 1H m p h. lo-dav becoming southeast to south Thursday. Predicted low this morning at I'lil A 65. high this alternoon 79. low tonight 65, Temperatures recorded lor 24 hours ending at midnight Tuesday at Palm Beach International Airport, high 73. low 58. Humidity 59 percent Barometer 30 20 inches rising Wind: High 21 m p.h : Low 7 m p h. Prevailing Wind Kast Sunrise today 6.49 a m,: Set 5.27 p.m. Moonnse today 1 23 p.m ; Set 12 11 a in. INLET TIDES TODAY High 3:05a m : 3 35 p m. Low 9.30 a.m.: 10,06 p m. OCEAN TIDES TODAY High 1:30a.m.: 2.00p.m. Low 2:00 a.m. : 8 24 p m. urn .milfjii tin ((lit M lulling in ( uiiiu 1 1 lull with the death of 19-year-old Mary Por-taro W illiams of Hempstead, N Y. is her husband. Hoy Williams, also 19. who has not been seen since the murder. Mrs. Williams body was found on a road about 15 miles north of Charlotte just one day after her marriage to Williams, also of Hempstead. She had been shot three times. The prospective witness, who lives in a trailer at Boynton Beach, was questioned all day Monday by Assistant County Solicitor David Bludworth and two detectives of the Mecklenburg County Police of Charlotte. No arrests were generated by the investigation. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokesman said that the local department was involved only to the extent of availing its facilities to the visiting officers and cooperating with them in general "OSJ M ALLIES TANGLE with enemy in first DMZ action since bomb halt Page 7 GOV. CLAUDE KIRK moved to mesh the State Hotel and Restaurant Commission with the State Beverage Commission through his choice of new directors Page 18 LONDON (API - Prime Minister Harold Wilson charged Tuesday West German officials set off a major diplomatic row over Europe's monetary crisis and Britain's commitment to Western defense. . Wilson turned to the attack in the House of Commons after charges were made that he had tried to bully West Germany into increasing the value of its mark by threatening political retaliation. He called "quite false" press reports that he issued a veiled threat to recall British soldiers from Germany. "The statement." Wi!::or, said, "y.a.'r put out in Germany hv official spokesmen and 1 deplore it I have never known such a thing in four years of communications with over 100 heads of government." Wilson accused Bonn officials of "inaccurate leaks" to newspapers on his postmidnight meeting here with West German Ambassador Herbert Blanken-horn last Wednesday morning. "I saw the German ambassador, but not in the circumstances so picturesquely described." Wilson added. But he refused to disclose the substance of his 20-minute talk with the Bonn envoy at the height of Europe's monetary crisis. According to the Bonn version, Wilson had told the ambassador a failure to revalue the mark upward, which Britain wanted to ease the strain on its shaky pound, could have political consequences. It is assumed in Bonn that one possibility was a withdrawal of Britain's 50. (XX)-man force in West Germany. British newspapers, which accepted this version, called it a diplomatic blunder hampering relations between the two countries and questioning the strength of Britain's commitment to Western defense. Norman St. John Stevas. a Conservative lawmaker in Parliament, charged that Wilson was guilty of "deplorable bullying" of "our German allies." British officials confirmed that Wilson gave Blankenhorn a message for the West German government, but they refused to disclose what it said. In Bonn, the West German government spokesman. Conrad Ahlers. when asked about an alleged harshness in W ilson's note replied with the German saying: "That's where the polite troubadour remains silent. "indicating Wilson's message was not as polite as it could have been. But Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, without mentioning Britain or any other nation, went before the Bundestag, West Germany's parliament, to say his government rejects foreign criticism of his refusal to revalue the mark. The tax measures his government is taking to help ease the international monetary crisis were "rational and responsible" and represented a "consider- " proposed. Thieu proposed that South Vietnam should take over the leadership of the allied delegation in Paris The U.S. as- French Cancel Nuclear Bomb Test Program PARIS (UPIi-Premier Maurice Couve de Murville Tuesday announced France is canceling its nuclear bomb testing program and trimming appropriations for the supersonic Concorde jetliner as part of a $1.07 billion budget cutback aimed at saving the franc. Both projects had high priority in President Charles de Gaulle's drive to reinforce France's position among I he world's great powers. Couve de Murville disclosed other drastic austerity measures ordered by the Gaullist government as an alternative to devaluation of the franc currently pegged at about 20 cents -in a 42-minute speech before an often unruly National Assembly. The government will slash 5.346 billion francs, or $1.07 billion, off its 1969 budget deficit of 117 billion francs, or $2 3 billion, the white-haired premier said Holiday Schedule The Palm Beach Post and Times main business offiee and advertising offices and suburban bureaus will be closed Thursday, Thanksgiving. The Post will be published somewhat earlier than usual and will be delivered to all subscribers of The Post and The Times. The Times will not be published on Thanksgiving. Subscribers service calls in regard to the holidav Post will be received until 10 a.m. at 833-4011. 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